Overall rating
Single Malt
Jack Wiebers Whisky World (JW)
Bottling serie
Great Ocean Liners
Stated Age
19 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
40.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Whisky Herbst Berlin 2016
Added on
02 Sep 2016 8:45 pm by adrenalin
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 201,96

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1997 JW

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.14 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nose is wonderfully peaty with a fine smoky note, in addition it is very elegant and sweet. The taste is dominated by burnt wood notes and ash, while the mouthfeel always appears oily and creamy. Cold ember and charred logs spread a bit of campfire feeling, wow, now comes a full load of dark walnut with burnt pieces of wood powerful. Admittedly, this malt looks a bit monotonous and one-dimensional, with the nose bringing a few pluses to the overall package. The aftertaste is extremely long and the smoky wood flavors return again and again. An interesting and cutting bottling. Somehow unusual but still delicious!

    23/22/22/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      Extremely oily or tough streaks and drops adhere to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter, clear and radiant, the malt shimmers caramel in the glass. Mineral peat with a subtle hint of smoke rises elegantly and smoothly, sweet vanilla and some malt give the peat a sweetish note, the alcohol is perfectly integrated. Mild and creamy caramel and a hint of orange slices come to light, small peppermint tiles exude their refreshing note. Slowly my salivation is stimulated ... still quickly inhale vigorously a few times, mmhh. The elegant peat note is beguiling, more and more sweet components come into their own. Caramel, fruity oranges, vanilla and sweet cereal notes play with the fine smoky notes. The fresh peppermint even partially covers the now fruity peat.
    • Taste
      The peaty malt flows powerfully over the tongue. Clear and pure show spicy wood tones and the mineral peat. The smoky touch emits a hint of ash, burned logs rest on the tongue. Oily and with a slightly greasy bacon note, it's rather crunchy bacon, the charred wood turns into a dark and somber walnut note. The second sip appears clearer and milder, until a peppery and woody pungency slowly sets over the tip of the tongue and finally spreads a slightly smoky and plump warmth in the entire palate. Dry and banished logs lose cold ash, oily and slightly greasy aromas dissolve again. The extreme roast and aromas of flames now dominate the flavor, while the bitter and dark walnut aromas, combined with the smoky wood tones, slowly give way to the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Old walnuts mix with burned wood, a hint of fly ash spreads on the palate. Oily and creamy mild rest the harsh and intense notes long in the mouth. Some liquorice sticks on the palate, spicy and tart wood elements slowly catch fire again ...

  2. Dude1971 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. Dottore scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    N: moderate Ruach, bacon, nice malty, caramel, toffee. Some banana and orange. Light and fresh in the nose with a nice smoky sweetness.
    G: Sweet, very well integrated alcohol. Light smoke. Honey, banana and minimal pepper
    A: medium long, sweet and slow drying. I like it

    Conclusion: beautiful, uncomplicated but in its simplicity very pleasing smoker. I would be wrong if that is not Caol Ila. about 18 years about 50%. Have just the remains of Fassstark.de Caol Ila's in the glass, which is very similar in structure, only stronger and more complex. 88 pts

  4. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Rich bonfire smoke, the seashore, wet gravel, freshly cut ginger, lime, green apples, vanilla pods, ozone, chlorine. A swimming pool on islay? With time it gets more salty and herbal, even some hints of liqourice appear. Trademark Caol Ila and not shy at all!Mouth: Mineral and earthy. Subdued and mature peat, pink grapefruit, appleskin, ginger again. You could even call this refreshing ;) A nice velvety texture. Some herbs and a little cooling menthol lurking in the rather short finish.Comments: Despite the low ABV this one doesn’t feel watered down at all. The mouthfeel is rich and soft at the same time. This CI needs a bit of attention and time to spend with. Maybe you should not drink this after a cask strength malt.  The original retailprice was a little shocking, though. https://justadram.org/jack-wiebers-caol-ila-19yo-030167-steamship-line-40-2-vol/

  5. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very solid, even good corner above average Caol Ila, but more like those who go in the tropical direction with only a little smoke, so I'm here exceptionally below average. ;)
    • Nose
      Smells very dry, cold campfire, unusual smokey, cool and smoked for a Caol Ila I find, autumn leaves, trail mix, oak briquettes still slightly black, herbal honey, cinnamon, wild garlic
    • Taste
      The charred oak again, herbal honey, thyme, oregano, dry, tannins, papaya something with shell and dry grapefruit, dusty leather armchair, carnation, green apple, cinnamon, wild garlic, salt crackers
    • Finish
      Still dry, hints of citrus notes but still with the astringent note, green apple with shell, medium malt, oak and herbs

  6. whiskypaule scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Dude1971 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90


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